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by Chris Teale November 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm 0

The weekend is here.

These were our most-read stories this week:

  1. Feds Seek Forfeiture of Clarendon Home in Manafort Case
  2. Fast-Casual Restaurant The Simple Greek Coming to Colonial Village
  3. RIP DCist
  4. Arlington Readies for Halloween Trick-or-Treating
  5. Neighbors File Lawsuit After Board Approves Lee Highway Child Care Center

And these received the most comments:

  1. Local Republicans Criticize Favola’s ‘Evil’ Remark
  2. Morning Notes (November 1)
  3. Morning Notes (October 30)
  4. Neighbors File Lawsuit After Board Approves Lee Highway Child Care Center
  5. Morning Notes (November 2)

Feel free to discuss anything of local interest in the comments below. Have a great weekend!

by Chris Teale November 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

The influx of app-based alternatives to Capital Bikeshare appears to have reached Arlington County.

A reader sent in the above photo of a Spin Bikeshare bike parked near a Capital Bikeshare station in Arlington. Spin is one of four new alternatives in the D.C. metro area.

Spin requires you to download a smartphone app, and uses your phone’s GPS to locate a nearby bike to use.

They are dockless – unlike Capital Bikeshare, which requires you to leave it at a designated station – but have locks that immobilize the bike until someone checks it out using the app. Spin costs $1 per half hour of riding, and can be parked “anywhere responsible,” according to its website.

Photo via Sean K.

by Chris Teale November 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

A nail and beauty studio is set to move in to Clarendon.

According to building permits filed with the county, Salon Lofts will move into 3001 Washington Blvd, in the long-vacant first floor of an office building in the neighborhood.

On its website, Salon Lofts says it allows beauty professionals to be independent business owners. The company provides tools, technical support and education to those interested in owning a studio, known as a “loft” by the company.

Owners can then customize their lofts and offer various beauty services.

It will be the third Salon Lofts in the D.C. metro area. The company also has locations in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open housesin Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

2552 23rd Road N
6 bed/6.5 bath single-family home
Agent: Craig Torbett
Listed: $2,499,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

301 Highland Street S
4 bed/4 bath single-family home
Agent: Kathryn Loughney
Listed: $899,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2220 Fairfax Drive , #310
2 bed/2.5 bath condo
Agent: Kathleen Fong
Listed: $724,800
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

4727 31st Street S
3 bed/3 bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Robert Allen
Listed: $648,000
Open: Sunday1-4 p.m.

 

4117 Four Mile Run Drive , C
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Lisa Brewer
Listed: $444,900
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

2820 Abingdon Street S , B2
2 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Benjamin Grouby
Listed: $319,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2030 Adams Street , #1208
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: James Nellis
Listed: $260,000
Open: Sunday 2-3 p.m.

by Chris Teale November 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0

With one weekend left until Election Day, candidates and parties of all stripes are looking to get their messages out.

The statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general continue to draw a lot of attention, and Arlington’s local Democratic and Republican parties will use this weekend for last-minute political activities.

Both will be out canvassing voters this weekend, both door-to-door and at the county’s farmers’ markets. The Arlington Young Democrats promised a “special” canvassing in south Arlington this weekend to support Del. Alfonso Lopez in his re-election bid against Republican Adam Roosevelt.

The Arlington County Democratic Committee has also made use of a social media campaign entitled, “#TURNOUT2017” to encourage its supporters to vote through Facebook and social media ads for candidate for governor Ralph Northam, lieutenant governor nominee Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring, who is running for re-election.

And Arlington County Republican Committee communications director Matthew Hurtt promised an “unprecedented” get-out-the-vote operation in an email to supporters to help elect governor nominee Ed Gillespie, lieutenant governor candidate Jill Vogel and attorney general nominee John Adams.

Arlington Young Democrats will host a get-out-the-vote rally of their own on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., headlined by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), while both parties will have poll watchers at voting stations across the county to monitor what happens on Election Day.

Earlier this week, the Arlington Democrats hosted a rally alongside Northam, Fairfax, Herring and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) as well as local elected officials.

And on October 29, Gillespie and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) dropped by for a rally to coincide with a viewing party for the Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL game.

And while the social media accounts and websites of the candidates for the local races of Arlington County Board and School Board, residents can expect to see them and their supporters out this weekend pushing for votes.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

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Editor’s Note: This biweekly column is sponsored by Dominion Wine and Beer (107 Rowell Court, Falls Church). It is written by Garrett Cruce, a Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server.

Halloween may have come and gone on Tuesday — a day dedicated to chasing away frightening and ominous spirits by disguising ourselves and giving out sweet treats — but you can now get a little voodoo anytime you want. Pennsylvania’s Voodoo Brewery is distributing down here and is now available at Dominion Wine & Beer.

On Arch Street in Meadville, PA, just across the street from the post office, you’ll find Voodoo Brewery, started by Matt Allyn in a former cabinetry store. In the ten or so years that Voodoo has been around they’ve grown from one brew pub to five locations in and around Eerie, which is just to the north. Each location features a generous tap room with extensive tap lists of both regular and rare Voodoo beers.

Voodoo brews 5 flagship beers, a bunch of seasonal beers and has made a name for itself with its barrel-aged program. Their maple syrup infused Big Black Voodoo Daddy called Grande Negro Voodoo Papi Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout ranks 62nd on Beer Advocate‘s list of Top Rated Beers.

I grabbed 3 flagship brews to share with you. Read my reviews then head over to Dominion Wine & Beer today, November 3, for the Friday tasting of Voodoo Brewery offerings between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Hoodoo IPA (7.3% ABV)

An unfiltered IPA, Voodoo threw in 7 different hops, all of which start with the letter C. Seven different hops, there’s a lot going on here. This is an exciting beer! I got a complex aroma of peaches and candied mango with a malty white bread and herbal green grass undertone.

The sip revealed a dry, but fruity beer that finishes spicy and lightly bitter. Think melon and black pepper. Hoodoo is a unique IPA, it’s flavorful and light bodied while still packing a punch at 7.3% ABV. Grab a six-pack of this complex IPA if you need a diversion from tongue-coating, juicy IPAs.

Gran Met Belgian Style Ale (9.2% ABV)

Gran Met means Grand Master, which is an apt name for a tripel that hits all the right notes. Fruity and clean, this beer gives off the expected banana and clove aromas with sweetness of lightly caramelized sugar. In fact, Voodoo slowly feeds their fermenting Gran Met a mixture of cane and beet sugar, making for a stronger beer in the tradition of this style. I found this to be a solid American version of the classic Belgian tripel. Gran Met is hefty and smooth and drinkable — it’s everything that this style should be.

Voodoo Love Child Belgian Style Ale (9.2% ABV)

What if you took the delicious tripel, Gran Met and you aged it with some fruit — maybe some cherries, raspberries and passion fruit? What? Voodoo already did that? Oh, I get it — Voodoo Love Child. The cherries are really the star here, bringing a syrupy cherry compote flavor to this already tasty beer. I’d drink this beer with dessert any day.

Cheers!

by Chris Teale November 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

(Updated 4:45 p.m.) A fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant is set to open in Ballston.

According to permits filed with the county, Cava Mezze Grill is set to move into 4121 Wilson Blvd, on the ground floor of the Stafford Place II building, the former headquarters of the National Science Foundation.

It will replace the Matsutake Steak and Sushi restaurant at the location, which closed in 2014. Cava Mezze Grill is not to be confused with Cava, which already has a location in Arlington: a full-service restaurant at 2940 Clarendon Blvd in Clarendon.

A reader sent a photo of construction showing the space has been more or less stripped out, ready for the build-out.

Photos via ConciergeTim R.

by Chris Teale November 3, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Arlington police are urging caution when buying a used car after two people tried to register one that turned out to be stolen.

Arlington County Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Savage said the victims, who were working for a used car dealership, bought the vehicle near Richmond after responding to an online advertisement.

They found it was stolen when they tried to register it at county government headquarters, apparently not realizing before police showed up that the car was “hot.”

Savage had the following tips for anyone looking to buy a used car.

  • “Be extra cautious if the seller is out of the area. Avoid deals where the vehicle cannot be viewed in person.”
  • “Be suspicious if the seller has no fixed address, phone number or email and/or they contact you using various methods.”
  • “Meet the seller in a public place.”
  • “Compare the vehicle’s VIN listed on the vehicle title with the public VIN located on the vehicle. Utilize an online service to check the vehicle’s history report.”
  • “Ensure that the title and registration for the vehicle match the name and address of the person selling the vehicle. Ask for multiple proofs of ownership such as the vehicle’s title, insurance cards, service records, finance records which can all demonstrate long-term ownership.”
  • “Obtain a photocopy of the seller’s driver’s license or government issued ID and write down the ID number on the Bill of Sale.”
  • “Don’t pay in cash.”
  • “Trust your gut. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

by Chris Teale November 3, 2017 at 10:45 am 0

Police closed the westbound lanes of Wilson Blvd in Ballston after a car struck a pedestrian Friday morning.

The crash happened at the intersection of Wilson Blvd and N. Randolph Street at around 10:30 a.m. A woman crossing the street was struck by a silver SUV and left unconscious and bleeding from the face, according to scanner traffic.

The SUV had minor damage to its hood. Officers had roads blocked with cars and put out cones as they sealed the accident site and blocked traffic. The victim was transported to the hospital.

Cars heading west were being diverted onto N. Randolph Street from Wilson Blvd. The driver stayed on the scene and was interviewed by officers, clearly upset by what had happened.

Drivers in the area can expect delays.

by Chris Teale November 3, 2017 at 10:00 am 0

The Arlington County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance to find a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in Shirlington last night (Thursday).

Police responded to the area of S. Randolph Street at 31st Street S. at approximately 10:41 p.m. on November 2 for the report of a rape. Officer said the victim was putting items in her parked car when a man approached her from behind and sexually assaulted her. He then fled on foot.

The area is near The Citizen at Shirlington apartment building and the Shirlington bus station.

Police said the suspect is a black male in his 20s, approximately 5-foot-6 to 6-feet tall with a thin build. He was wearing a white t-shirt at the time of the incident. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot, traveling southbound on 31st Street S.

More from an ACPD press release:

Detectives from the Special Victim’s Unit are actively investigating this incident. Responding officers established a perimeter, canvassed the area and spoke with possible witnesses. Arlington County canine units attempted a track of the suspect and the Fairfax County Police Helicopter Unit provided an aerial search with negative results. Officers will continue conducting extra checks in the area.

If anyone has information on the identity of this individual or details surrounding this incident, please contact Detective N. Brooks of the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit at 703.228.4169 or at NKbr[email protected]. To report information anonymously, contact the Arlington County Crime Solvers at 866.411.TIPS (8477).

Photo via Google Maps

by ARLnow.com November 3, 2017 at 9:30 am 0

Election Day is coming up on Tuesday and quite a few Arlington voters have already “headed to the polls” via absentee voting.

This year’s ballot includes an Arlington County Board race, School Board race, Virginia House of Delegates races and statewide races for attorney general, lieutenant governor and governor.

The gubernatorial race has been particularly pitched this year, with gobs of money spent by and on behalf of Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam (above).

Many Arlington residents have likely noticed a barrage of direct mail and local TV ads. But how closely have you, personally, been following the race?

by ARLnow.com November 3, 2017 at 8:30 am 0

Arlington Heights Gets New Stop Sign — “The Arlington Heights neighborhood became a safer place for students and other pedestrians on Oct. 30,” after the neighborhood got a new all-way stop sign at the intersection of 2nd Street S. and S. Irving Street. Residents collected some 500 petition signatures in support of adding the stop sign. [InsideNova]

Reminder: Daylight Saving Time — Early Sunday morning is the time to “fall back” as Daylight Saving Time ends and clocks get set back an hour. [USA Today]

Clean Air in N. Va. — “This past summer’s air was among the healthiest in memory across the commonwealth. The summer months were the cleanest in terms of ground-level ozone in at least 20 years, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality reported on Oct. 31.” [InsideNova]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 3, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Arlington’s Fall real estate market kept a strong pace this week with 58 fresh listings and 55 homes sold. Eight of those homes sold within a week and all were priced under $1 million. Many of the homes sold had been on the market over 60 days helping to clear out some inventory. That raised the Days on Market to 57, well above the level of 35 in previous weeks.

Congress revealed terms of a new tax plan that would impact home owners. The proposed changes would cap the deduction for property taxes at $10,000 and preserve the mortgage interest deduction only for existing mortgages and new purchases with loans of $500,000 or less.

Interest rates remained unchanged this week with the 30-yr fixed rate at 4.12% with no points.

Click to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.

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